#AceNewsReport – Mar.04: The prosecution alleged the former senior constable, who had been working in the Inala Child Protection and Investigation Unit in Brisbane’s south-west, had interviewed the 15-year-old girl in 2019 in relation to an incident involving explicit images of her being shared at her school.
‘Former police officer Matthew Paul Hockley, who worked in the child protection unit, found guilty of grooming teenage girl: Matthew Paul Hockley, 33, pleaded not guilty on the first day of his District Court trial in Brisbane last week to one count each of grooming a child under 16 with intent to procure engagement in a sexual act, grooming a child under 16 with intent to expose to indecent matter, and using the internet to procure a child under 16yrs-old’
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It was alleged after the interview he added the teenager on the social media application Snapchat and sent her a series of messages that escalated from inoffensive to sexual and inappropriate, which made the girl “increasingly uncomfortable”.
The court was told in his messages, Hockley would allegedly refer to the teenager as “cute” and “beautiful” and had repeatedly commented about “young girls” being sexually involved with “older men”.
It was also alleged that on one occasion Hockley described an alleged sexual offence that had been committed by a man against another child, to the teenager.
The court heard over a period of three weeks, Hockley and the teenage girl had exchanged more than 1,000 messages, but due to the nature of the application that automatically deleted conversations, only a handful had been recorded.
‘Needed you to warm me up’
During the trial, several messages from Hockley that were photographed by the teenager with another device were shown to the court including: “Heading home to get naked and relax” and “I was so cold last night, needed you to warm me up”.
Hockley admitted to adding the 15-year-old girl on Snapchat and sending her messages, including those shown to the court, however denied sending any other sexually explicit messages alleged by the prosecution.
His defence lawyer argued his client had no sexual interest in the girl, but was interested in her mother who the court heard he had engaged in a sexual encounter with at the time.
On Tuesday, it took a jury more than five hours to find Hockley guilty on two of the charges, grooming a child under 16 with intent to procure engagement in a sexual act, and using the internet to procure a child under 16.
The offence of grooming a child under 16 with intent to expose to indecent matter was dismissed.
Hockley, who had his bail extended until Friday, will be sentenced later this week.
#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Mar.04: 2021:
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